Point of View is an ITV News series where we invite people to share their life experiences and what they've learned from them.
Journalist Melanie Reid became paralysed from the chest down after breaking her neck and back in a life-changing riding accident in 2010. She shares how after the accident, writing became her 'salvation' as she documented her rehabilitation and dealing with her disability. "Everything was so raw, so shocking, so indescribably weird", Melanie says. "Humour, you learn, is the way to survive - things get so dark and bleak, all you can do is laugh."
Nine years after the accident, Melanie has written a book about her experience, called The World I Fell Out Of.
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